Sunday, May 19, 2024

“Firestarter” Remake Fails to Ignite Audiences or Critics: Just $1.5 Million Opening Night, and Bad Bad Reviews


Pictures rarely has a total bust on its hands in the horror department.

But the remake of Stephen King’s “Firestarter” is a non-starter. It failed to ignite at theaters the last two nights with a combined Thursday-Friday total of just $1.5 million.

Luckily, the budget is low — $12 million. And “Firestarter,” a Universal release, is also playing on Peacock.

But still…Zac Efron is the star, screenwriter (not of this) Akiva Goldsman is a producer. And still, the new version has just a 13% on Rotten Tomatoes. Reviewers are calling for Efron to fire his agent. it’s that bad.

In other box office news, tonight “Doctor Strange 2” crosses the $250 million mark after just 8 days.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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